Cormac McCarthy is often considered to be one of the greatest American writers alive today. He rarely gives interviews (unless it is a rare one-off interview with Oprah as featured below) or does much press. He really only writes and mostly keeps to himself. It has also been over sixteen years since his last novel, The Road, which was also made into a movie. Today Cormac McCarthy’s publisher, Alfred A. Knopf, announced that the long awaited follow-up has finally been confirmed. McCarthy is releasing not one, but two novels this year.
According to the New York Times, McCarthy's interlinked new novels will feature "the doomed love story of a brother and sister," whose father helped develop the atomic bomb. The second of the two books, Stella Maris, is reportedly formatted as a transcript of a conversation between one of the siblings, Alicia, and a psychiatric doctor.
McCarthy's editor is Jenny Jackson who said, "What do you do after you've written The Road? The answer is, two books that take on God and existence."
This is a far shift from McCarthy's other books, which are often darker in tone, such as No Country For Old Men or Blood Meridian. Here's the one interview you can find with Cormac. It's interesting how much of the interview is focused on the topic of religion.
The great news is these books will be arriving just the right time to pick up the perfect gift for book lovers: The Passenger is set to be released on Oct. 25, while Stella Maris will be published a few weeks later on Nov. 22. A box set of both novels will also be sold in December.